Operating at the intersection between art and research
Soufiane Ababri/Cécile Bourne Farrell. Special thanks to Something We Africans Got
How does one try to lead a different way of looking at things? It’s not about feeding the bourgeois discourse of Bataille or Barthes, my drawings are about solitude, about the inability to transfer eroticism between different social classes.
Book Burning, Past and Present
‘Books may be a loaded gun’, but as Ray Bradbury also suggests, ‘maybe the books can get us half out of the cave’. Artists and their books (1)
Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Courtesy Chisenhale Gallery
I started to do more research (…) there is always an interrelation between sound effects and experienced events; people describe sounds as eggs cracking or watermelons smashing.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Earwitness Inventory (detail) (2018). Commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London in partnership with: Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Andy Keate.
Axis of Solidary Conference / Tate Modern 25 February 2019
Utopian as all this might sound, Tate’s conference was not all about hazy reminiscence and vague hagiography (…), a central concern became the merits or otherwise of large conferences as representing state/institutional voices vis-a vis grassroots organisations, non-institutional voices.
Haythem Zakaria The Atlas Mountains, Maghreb
Potential Archeologies is a research project inscribed in Haythem Zakaria’s practice, which reflects specifically on the multiple possibilities of looking at the Atlas Mountains through landscape and mythology.
Abu-Dhabi Art 2018: Thoughts on the invisible and the intangible
Editor-Researcher Denise Clarke explores the role and nature of artistic research practices in the extra-commercial exhibitions and activities at Abu-Dhabi Art 2018.
Orly Orbach Island of Lesbos
The artist-researcher Orly Orbach investigates stories of migration, time and memory, in a snap research visit to Lesbos and following on, in conversation and exchange in London (2018-19).
MTL Collective: Art, Research, Action, Organising
We never recycle logic. One of the things that we do in organizing is re-present the research in the form of action.
Dr Annabelle Boissier interviewed MTL in New-York, May 2017
Ideas in flux, bodies in movement
Setareh Fatehi and Shahrzad Irannejad (Iran) perform ideas, bodies and movement at major migration conference in the UK.
Movement and Migration in the Middle East Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies University of Edinburgh, July 2017
Rita Alaoui // Edward Hollis Minefields: Casablanca, Edinburgh
Minefields is the experimental phase of a long-term research project which looks at the passage of time through what remains.
In movement: Impressions Embarquées | étant donnéEs | ancrage(s) …
In movement…is a series of experimental proposition for the conceptualisation of a digital platform.
Fieldwork as a convivial and undisciplinary practice
The anthropologist Bernard Muller accounts how he explored the uniqueness of an original practice, which goes beyond traditional research frameworks.
Interview by Dr Annabelle Boissier, 2017
Setareh Fatehi // Shahrzad Irannejad Tehran
Bodiless Heads is a metaphor, a hypothesis, an imaginary state that relates to the evasive, multi-layered cultures of courtesy evolved over time particularly, but not exclusively, within Iran’s [cultural] borders.
Investigating Cultural Civil Society
A collaborative dissertation project with King’s College London and Arts Cabinet.
Klara highlights the complexities of the context through which independent organisations like Arts Cabinet identify alternative modes of collaboration and exchange transnationally.
TOURAB is the ache of the burning cities and their poisonous air
Alma Salem Tourab, Syria Art in Brussels
Svetlana Sequeira Costa interviews Arts Cabinet Advisor Alma Salem, as she opens Tourab in Brussels, an exhibition sponsored by Goethe Institut and designed to provoke, challenge and give voice to unheard and vulnerable individuals in Syria and the world. Brussels, April 2018
An enquiry in identity, politics and artistic practice in Siberia: Four Artists’ Portraits
In this piece, Dr Erik Vlaeminck examines the phenomenon of cultural relations in Siberia through the lens of the practices of four visual artists, and questions whether these can influence the role of culture in international relations.
The Agency of Art. When will we take art seriously?
Politics always come first. We are not able to just start to look at art practices and simply see how they produce imaginary settings in which people are creating political and other possibilities. Once more, it’s the agency of art that is underestimated.
Dr Annabelle Boissier interviews Art Anthropologist and Historian Kirsten Scheid, 2017
Art, Geography and Hermeneutics
Dr Annabelle Boissier explores how artists that try and achieve to escape or fit in their original locality is as important as understanding how they represent it in the art pieces themselves.
Being in the world through art
Art certainly does play a part in knowledge production: we understand a lot about our being in the world and our cultural histories through art.
Dr Laurie Benson interviews Lola Frost about the relationship between her own artistic practice and research.
Reconceptualising Russian and European Cultural Relations
Only through close interactions between civic societies can genuine cultural exchange can take place.
Image: The Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Courtesy Erik Vlaeminck